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Doing What Jesus Says -- True Discipleship


Pastor James Dearmond


“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’—Matthew 7:21-23


Today, Pastor James makes clear in this passage that Jesus did not accept a person into the Kingdom of Heaven just because they called Him, “Lord, Lord,” but rather based on their obedience to the will of God in their life. We truly cannot call Jesus our Lord if we’re not willing to do what He says.

Question: Are you growing in your obedience, or are you shying away from that?

Family Chat: Did you know that when you obey your parents you are learning to obey Jesus? Why is it so hard to obey?

Take Action: Choose today to joyfully obey God the first time and every time He challenges you! Journal about your experiences, talk about it with your friends and family, and let us know about it! We want to hear from you!

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